Eve Leib1,2,3

b. 2 March 1798, d. 1875
Father*John Leib4,3 b. 1763, d. 26 Jul 1835
Mother*Catherine Saddler3,5 b. 1770, d. 8 Aug 1843
Birth*2 March 1798Eve Leib was born on 2 March 1798 in Montgomery County, Tennessee.3,6
Marriage*1818She married Nimrod Funk, son of Samuel Funk and Elizabeth Cordell, in 1818.1,3,2
Census US 1850*11 October 1850Eve and Nimrod Funk were enumerated on the 1850 census taken on 11 October 1850 in Morgan County, Illinois. Nimrod was 56 years of age, recorded as 36, and a farmer with real estate valued at $3,000. Eve's age was recorded as 32, although she was actually 52. Seven of their children were enumerated in their parents' household in 1850, along with a granddaughter, a future son-in-law, and a farm worker. Their daughter Rosa was 34 years of age although she was recorded as 4, Martha was 18, son John was 17 years old and working as a farmer, Hannah was 14, Milton was 12, and Henry 10. The couple's widowed daughter, Sarah Campbell, was 20 years old and her daughter Margaret Campbell was 1. Also enumerated in the Funk household was John Gordon, 23 years old and a merchant who would later that year marry the Funk's widowed daughter Sarah Campbell. The twelfth member of the household was a farm worker recorded as S. Sellen, age 22 and born in Tennessee. All of the Funk children had attended school within the year.2
Death*1875She died in 1875 in Morgan County, Illinois, at about age 773
Burial* and was buried in Diamond Grove Cemetery, Jacksonville, Morgan County.3

Family

Nimrod Funk b. 23 Oct 1794, d. 25 May 1879
Children1.Madison Leib Funk7,3 b. Jul 1819, d. 18 Dec 1843
2.Catherine Louisa Funk3,8 b. 8 Jan 1824, d. 3 Oct 1870
3.Rosa Jane Funk9,3 b. 19 Jan 1829, d. 15 Mar 1910
4.Sarah P. Funk+10,3,2 b. 1830, d. 10 Sep 1873
5.Martha Funk11 b. 29 May 1832, d. 4 Mar 1903
6.John L. Funk12 b. 1 May 1834, d. 2 Aug 1915
7.Hannah Minerva Funk13 b. 30 Nov 1836, d. 24 Apr 1923
8.Milton Philip Funk14 b. 24 Apr 1838, d. 19 Jul 1919
9.Henry Benton Funk15 b. 1 Jun 1840, d. 1911

Citations

  1. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Nimrod Funk, Memorial# 5093302. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  2. [S17] 1850 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Nimrod and Eve Funk, Morgan, Illinois; Roll: M432_122; Page: 290A; Image: 248. Hereinafter cited as 1850 United States Federal Census.
  3. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Eve (Leib) Funk, Memorial# 5093308.
  4. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, John Leib, Memorial# 5575735.
  5. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Catherine (Sadler) Leib, Memorial# 5575745.
  6. [S17] 1850 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Nimrod and Eve Funk, Morgan, Illinois; Roll: M432_122; Page: 290A; Image: 248, her place of birth was recorded as Virginia and the 5 in her age of 52 looks more like a 3 and her age was transcribed incorrectly as 32.
  7. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Madison Leib Funk, Memorial# 5575750.
  8. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Catherine Louisa (Funk) Gray, Memorial# 23926132.
  9. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Rosa Jane (Funk) Gray, Memorial# 23958826.
  10. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Sarah P. (Funk) Gordon, Memorial# 29237850.
  11. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Martha (Funk) Markillie, Memorial# 64973394.
  12. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, John L. Funk, Memorial# 25261276.
  13. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Hannah Minerva (Funk) Ellis, Memorial# 93983078.
  14. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Milton Philip Funk, Memorial# 54334874.
  15. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Henry Benton Funk, Memorial# 43141766.

John Leib1

b. 1763, d. 26 July 1835
Birth*1763John Leib was born about 1763 in York County, Pennsylvania.2
Marriage*He married Catherine Saddler.1,2,3
Death*26 July 1835He died on 26 July 1835 in Scott County, Illinois, at about age 722
Burial* and was buried in Gillham Cemetery, Winchester, Scott County.2

Family

Catherine Saddler b. 1770, d. 8 Aug 1843
Children1.John Leib+4,2 b. 12 Feb 1786, d. 12 Feb 1845
2.Eve Leib+2,5 b. 2 Mar 1798, d. 1875
3.Polly Ann Leib+1 b. 30 Aug 1818, d. 3 Aug 1870

Citations

  1. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Polly Ann (Leib) Funk, Memorial# 5547870. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  2. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, John Leib, Memorial# 5575735.
  3. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Catherine (Sadler) Leib, Memorial# 5575745.
  4. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, John Leib, Memorial# 5572173.
  5. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Eve (Leib) Funk, Memorial# 5093308.

John Leib1

b. 12 February 1786, d. 12 February 1845
Father*John Leib1,2 b. 1763, d. 26 Jul 1835
Mother*Catherine Saddler3,1 b. 1770, d. 8 Aug 1843
Birth*12 February 1786John Leib was born on 12 February 1786.1
Marriage*He married Rosey __?__.4,1
Death*12 February 1845He died on 12 February 1845 in Illinois at age 591
Burial* and was buried in Gillham Cemetery, Winchester, Scott County, Illinois.1

Family

Rosey __?__ b. Aug 1788, d. 23 Dec 1849
Children1.Daniel Leib1,5 b. Sep 1811, d. 2 Apr 1879
2.Mariah Jane Leib6,1 b. 5 Dec 1812, d. 13 Jun 1876

Citations

  1. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, John Leib, Memorial# 5572173. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  2. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, John Leib, Memorial# 5575735.
  3. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Catherine (Sadler) Leib, Memorial# 5575745.
  4. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Rosey (Funk) Leib, Memorial# 5572172.
  5. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Daniel Leib, Memorial# 18936291.
  6. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Mariah Jane (Leib) Kemp, Memorial# 38047240.

Mariah Jane Leib1

b. 5 December 1812, d. 13 June 1876
Father*John Leib1,2 b. 12 Feb 1786, d. 12 Feb 1845
Mother*Rosey __?__3,1 b. Aug 1788, d. 23 Dec 1849
Birth*5 December 1812Mariah Jane Leib was born on 5 December 1812 in Anderson County, Tennessee.1
Name VariationShe was called Jane.1
Marriage*25 November 1829She married first Martin Cordell Funk, son of Samuel Funk and Elizabeth Cordell, on 25 November 1829 in Morgan County, Illinois.4,1,5
(Wife) Death17 September 1845Mariah became a widow when Martin Cordell Funk died on 17 September 1845 at age 38.5
Marriage*28 December 1848She married second, as his third wife, William Murphy Kemp, son of Burrell P. Kemp Sr. and Nancy Foster, on 28 December 1848 in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois.6,7,1
(Wife) Death1 March 1872Mariah became a widow for the send time when William Murphy Kemp died on 1 March 1872 at age 72.7
Death*13 June 1876She died on 13 June 1876 in Oakley, Macon County, Illinois, at age 631
Burial* and was buried in Wheeler Cemetery, Macon County.1

Family 1

Martin Cordell Funk b. 30 Apr 1807, d. 17 Sep 1845

Family 2

William Murphy Kemp b. 5 Jan 1800, d. 1 Mar 1872

Citations

  1. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Mariah Jane (Leib) Kemp, Memorial# 38047240. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  2. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, John Leib, Memorial# 5572173.
  3. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Rosey (Funk) Leib, Memorial# 5572172.
  4. [S1681] Illinois, U.S., Marriage Index, 1860-1920, online at www.ancestry.com, Martin Funk and Jane Leib, Morgan County, Illinois, 25 November 1829. Hereinafter cited as Illinois, U.S., Marriage Index, 1860-1920.
  5. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Martin Cordell Funk, Memorial# 20528873.
  6. [S1681] Illinois, U.S., Marriage Index, 1860-1920, online at www.ancestry.com, Murphy Kemp and Mariah Jane Funk, Morgan County, 28 December 1848.
  7. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, William Murphy Kemp, Memorial# 38047233.

Polly Ann Leib1

b. 30 August 1818, d. 3 August 1870
Father*John Leib1 b. 1763, d. 26 Jul 1835
Mother*Catherine Saddler1 b. 1770, d. 8 Aug 1843
Birth*30 August 1818She was born as Mary Ann Leib on 30 August 1818 in Roane County, Tennessee, although she was almost always called Polly.1,2
Marriage*14 November 1837She married Presley Cordell Funk, son of Samuel Funk and Elizabeth Cordell, on 14 November 1837 in Jacksonville, Morgan County.2,1,3
Death*3 August 1870She died on 3 August 1870 in Winchester, Scott County, Illinois, at age 511
Burial* and was buried in Gillham Cemetery, Winchester.1

Family

Presley Cordell Funk b. 4 Aug 1810, d. 25 Aug 1900
Child1.Emeline A. Funk1,4 b. 21 Aug 1843, d. 18 Dec 1861

Citations

  1. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Polly Ann (Leib) Funk, Memorial# 5547870. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  2. [S260] Illinois, Compiled Marriages, 1790-1860, online at www.ancestry.com, Presley Funk and Maryann Leib, Morgan County. 14 November 1837, referencing the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah Microfilm: 1317641. Hereinafter cited as Illinois, Compiled Marriages, 1790-1860.
  3. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Presley Cordell Funk, Memorial# 5547863.
  4. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Emeline A (Funk) Campbell, Memorial# 5547875.

Frances Leigh1

Marriage*She married Robert Burrowes, probably in England.1

Citations

  1. [S1562] Burke's Peerage Limited, Burke's Irish Family Records, downloaded from the Family History Library at www.familysearch.org. (London, England: Burke's Peerage Limited, 1976), Burrowes, pages 184-187. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Irish Family Records.

Althea Leota Leininger1

b. 12 February 1911
Father*Arthur Leininger1 b. 20 Dec 1887, d. 21 Jul 1931
Mother*Agnes C. Seely1 b. 15 Aug 1891, d. 17 Jun 1937
Birth*12 February 1911Althea Leota Leininger was born on 12 February 1911.1

Citations

  1. [S2163] Genealogy and history of the descendants of William Konkel, online at www.ancestry.com, #12. Anna Konkel, pages 247-255, images 247-255 of 319. Hereinafter cited as Genealogy and history of the descendants of William Konkel.

Arthur Leininger1

b. 20 December 1887, d. 21 July 1931
Father*Richard Leininger1 b. Aug 1860, d. 1 Sep 1907
Mother*Harriet A. Strode1 b. 1866, d. 30 Jul 1896
Birth*20 December 1887Arthur Leininger was born on 20 December 1887 in Mason City, Mason County, Illinois.1,2,3
Name VariationHis full name was Arthur Byrant Leininger.2
(Son) Death30 July 1896Arthur was 8 years old when his mother died on 30 July 1896 at about age 304
(Son) Marriage11 May 1898 and he was age 10 when his father married a second time to Mrs. Ida Dixon on 11 May 1898. Arthur's new stepmother had also been married before and had two daughters, Imogene and Iris Dixon, who were ages 10 and 8 years, respectively.5
(Son) Census US 190018 June 1900Arthur was enumerated on the 1900 census taken on 18 June 1900 in the household of his father and stepmother on Walnut Street, Mason City, Mason County, Illinois. He was 12 years old and had attended school for 8 months of the census year. His three siblings were also enumerated in their father's household, and his stepmother's two daughters, Imogene M. Dixon and Iris K. Dixon, were enumerated that year with their maternal grandparents, who lived on Main Street, also in Mason City.1
(Son) Death1 September 1907He was 19 years old when his father died on 1 September 1907 at age 47.6,7
Marriage*24 January 1909He married, as her first husband, Agnes C. Seely, daughter of George Washington Seely and Anna Konkel, on 24 January 1909 in Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado. Arthur was 21 years of age and Agnes was age 17.8,3
Census US 1910*16 April 1910Agnes C. and Arthur B. Leininger were enumerated on the 1910 census taken on 16 April 1910 in Precinct 4, Meeker, Rio Blanco County, Colorado. Arthur was 22 years of age and worked as a plumber for a shop, and Agnes was 19 years old. They had been married for one year, the first marriage for each, and Agnes had given birth to one child and she was enumerated with her parents in 1910. Their daughter, enumerated as "Margaret", was 6 months old.9
(Brother) Death27 October 1914His sister, Ora May (Leininger) Rogers, died of typhoid on 27 October 1914 at age 28, leaving her husband and three young children.10
(Brother) Illness28 October 1914The day after Ora's death, the Wichita Beacon, dated Wednesday, 28 October 1914, reported the tragic consequences of an open well located behind a neighbor's house. Our transcription of the newspaper's page 5 headline and story, with thanks to the kind contributors at Find A Grave for sharing, follows:

Open Well Causes Death by Means of Typhoid Fever


An open well back of 734 Boston is the cause, according to physicians, of the death of Mrs. Ora M. Rodgers, Tuesday afternoon, from typhoid -- and the serious illness of her three young children from the same disease. Mrs. Rogers and the children became ill about the same time. Death came to the mother at a hospital yesterday after a week of illness. In the same hospital are Jessie, an 11-year-old daughter, and Alfred Rodgers, 9 years old. The latter is believed to be recovering, but Jessie is in a critical condition. Neither know of the mother's death. At a neighbor's house, Floran, 2 years old, Mrs. Rodgers' youngest child, is ill from typhoid. His hands and feet are swollen from the effects of the disease. Mrs. Rodgers was the 27-year-old wife of Jesse A. Rodgers, a plasterer, who today is at the bedside of his oldest child in Wesley Hospital. Mr. Rodgers escaped illness.11
(Brother) Burial29 January 1918Arthur, who lived in Salida, and his sister, Leota (Leininger) Armstrong, who lived in Wichita, Kansas, attended the funeral in Salida, Colorado, on 29 January 1918 for their brother, Roy Foster Leininger, who had been killed in a terrible train crash.12,13
(Brother) Train Crash Many newspaper articles describing the circumstances of the terrible train crash resulting in the deaths of Roy Leininger and Fred Graham were published over several days in Chaffee County, and in other places, within Colorado. Initial stories were about the crash, the deaths and the clean-up. Later stories introduced us to the victims and their families, and also to the cause of the tragedy. Grouping a few of the stories together gave us enough information to understand the crash itself and the aftermath experienced by the victims' families and of the trainmen of Colorado, who shared a solid, and emotional, brotherhood in 1918. Our transcriptions of those few stories follows:
The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 68, Friday, January 25, 1918, page 1

Engineer Graham and Fireman “Lannagher” are Killed in Wreck

Twenty-three Cars in Runaway Train Pile Up and Bury Men

One Body Remains Under Tons of Ice

Wreck Occurs Between Belden and Rex


Fred Graham, engineer, and Roy “Lannagher”, head brakeman, were instantly killed in a wreck which occurred at 9:30 Wednesday night between Pando and Rex on the Denver and Rio Grande. The men were thrown from the top of freight cars on which they were setting brakes in an effort to stop a runaway train, when the cars left the track and piled up, burying them in the wreck. Graham’s body was recovered yesterday and was brought to Salida by J. A. Mack of Minturn on No. 4 this morning. Although every effort is being put forth to clean the wreck, the body of “Lannagher” has not been recovered.

Engineer Fred Graham, Fireman William Cavanaugh, Conductor Tom Carlin and Rear Brakeman N. L. Harper formed the crew of the train, which contained forty cars of ice. When the train’s increasing speed showed it to be beyond control by the engineer, all hands climbed to the top to set brakes by hand, except the fireman who remained on the engine and brought it to a stop after the wreck occurred. When the crash came, three cars behind the engine remained on the rails, twenty-three cars, on some of which the unfortunate men were riding, left the track and fourteen cars and caboose on the rear remained upright and were stopped by the wreckage.

The fireman and engineer were residents of Minturn. The remainder of the crew lived in Salida. Fred Graham was a member of Salida lodge of Elks, the Odd Fellows, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, and Leadville lodge of Eagles. Funeral arrangements await the arrival of his mother and brothers from Beresford, South Dakota and a brother living in Minturn. Graham’s wife and three children, who live in Leadville, arrived today. She is a sister of W. J. Campbell of this city.

“Lannagher” made his home in Salida and was unmarried. A. B. “Lannagher” is a brother living in Salida, and is a fireman on the road
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The Herald Democrat, (Leadville, Colorado), Friday, January 25, 1918, page 1

PLUNGED TO THEIR DEATHS

Engineer Graham and Brakeman Leininger Killed When Ice Train Ran Away Below Pando ---- 20 Cars Smashed

PLUNGED INTO RIVER


The body of Fred Graham, 42, of Minturn, a former Leadville man and engineer on the Rio Grande railroad since 1898, was recovered yesterday noon from the Eagle river, near Rock creek, four miles west of Red Cliff, and that of Roy Leininger, 28, of Salida, brakeman, was still unlocated in the river last night, after they were plunged there at 9:18 the previous night when the ice train with which they started from Pando ran away and jumped the track. Both men were instantly killed as the engine and twenty cars hurtled into the river. William A. Kavanaugh of Minturn, also a former Leadville man and fireman on Graham’s engine, was thrown from the cab to safety. Injuries receive by him were only minor.

The train, in charge of Conductor Tom Carlin of Salida, started from Pando with forty cars of ice, which had been loaded from the Rio Grande ice pond at that mountain station. On the heavy down grade from Pando, the train started to run away. It passed thru Red Cliff at the rate of 50 or 60 miles an hour, it was reported here, barely sticking to the rails as it rounded the deep curve near this station. Something was believed to have gone wrong with the engine, according to the railroad men, for Engineer Graham was one of the most experienced and ablest engineers on the Grande system. As it neared Rock creek, one mile below Belden, the train was completely out of control.

The engine, No. 1406, left the track at this point and plunged into the Eagle river pinning Graham and Leininger, who was at the front end of the train, under the water. The telegraph wires were broken at 9:18, it was reported here, indicating that the end of the runaway occurred at that time as the engine and cars struck and demolished the telegraph wires. Twenty freight cars at the front end of the train were smashed to kindling and strewn all along the right of way at Rock creek. Conductor Carlin, a third division employee, was towards the rear of the train and escaped injury.

Owing to the double track of the Rio Grande where the smash-up occurred, traffic was not seriously interfered with during the rest of the day. Wrecking crews from Minturn and Salida spent the day cleaning up the wreckage, and a crew of men was steadily engaged looking for the bodies of the two members of the crew. Leininger’s body had not yet been recovered last night, according to reports from Red Cliff. Graham’s was found at noon and recovered from the water.

Graham was widely known in Leadville, though he removed to Minturn about twelve years ago. His three children, two girls and a boy, 7 to 16 years old, had been residing here lately to attend school, and they were here yesterday at their home at Cadillac house when they heard the sad news of their father’s death. Kavanaugh, who miraculously escaped critical injury, is a nephew of James E. Kavanaugh of 1113 Poplar street, an engineer on the Grande here. Brakeman Leininger of Salida had been in the employ of the railroad only a short time, it was said, and was not known here widely.

Dozens of railroad men and other expressed their regret here last night especially over the death of Fred Graham, who was one of the best-liked employees of the second division. For a number of years he was an engineer on the Pando Hill passenger run, from Minturn to Tennessee Pass, and had given up this run not a great while ago to go onto the more remunerative freight run. He had been in the company’s employ since 1898 and held the reputation of being one of the most careful pilots on the system. His mother, who lives at Minturn, three brothers and his three children survive. Claire Graham of Minturn, one of the brothers, is a fireman on the Grande. Roy is in South Dakota.

Graham was a member of the Leadville Lodge of Elks No. 236 and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. It is planned to take his remains to Salida this morning on Grande passenger train No. 4. Funeral arrangements have not been definitely made, though it is known that burial will take place in the engineer’s plot at Salida. His brother Claire plans to stop here this morning and accompany the three children to Salida on the No. 16 tonight.

‘You can’t find men and citizens better than Fred Graham”, one of the engineer’s old friends said last night. “He was a splendid man to work with or to associate with – always ready to give you a helping hand, good natured, sociable, and once your friend, a friend who could not do enough for you. He was one of the best engineers on the Rio Grande railroad, and it’s a pity he had to go so soon.”
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The Herald Democrat, (Leadville, Colorado), Saturday, January 26, 1918, page 5

BODY OF BRAKEMAN NOT YET FOUND


No trace had yet been found last night, according to reports from Minturn, of the body of Roy Leininger, the young Salida brakeman who met death Wednesday night with Engineer Fred Graham of Minturn, a former Leadville man, when their freight train, carrying ice from Pando, ran away and plunged into the Eagle river, near Rock creek four miles west of Red Cliff. Most of the wreckage had been cleared up yesterday and it was believed the body had been carried down the river. Search is to be continued today.

The body of Engineer Graham, one of the most experienced engineers in the Denver and Rio Grande system, who had been employed on this road since 1898, was taken to Salida yesterday for burial in the engineers’ plot there. His brother Claire, a fireman at Minturn, arrived here yesterday and went to Salida last night on train No. 14 with the engineer’s three small children who have been living here to attend school.

Trainmen who had visited the scene of the wreck, and who arrived here yesterday, said Graham had left the runaway engine and had climbed with other trainmen to the tops of the freight cars in an effort to set the hand brakes. When the cars turned over, he and Leininger were killed.
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The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 69, Tuesday, January 29, 1918, page 1

Body of Brakeman Recovered; Engineer’s Funeral Yesterday


The body of Roy Foster Leininger, brakeman, killed in the wreck near Pando last Wednesday night, was recovered Sunday. The body was found under tons of wreckage and was crushed beyond recognition. The funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock today from Churcher and Johnson Chapel. Mr. Leininger was 27 years old and unmarried. He lived at 124 East Third, and was a native of Mason City, Illinois.

The funeral of Engineer Fred C. Graham, who was also killed in the wreck, was held at 2 o’clock yesterday at the Elks home in Salida, under the auspices of the Elks and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. Mr. Graham was popular among all railroad men of the Colorado Mines of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad and many fellow railroad men came here from Minturn, Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs and other points to attend the funeral. All the railroad men from Salida who could be spared from the road were in attendance. Mr. Graham would have been twenty years in the service of the D&RG next month.

Airbrake experts of the D&RG and the Westinghouse Air Brake company have investigated the wreck and are preparing a report on the case, which will be filed in a few days. The men lost their lives trying to stop the train which had overcome the brakes and sped down the hill at terrific speed. They could have jumped before the train gained momentum but evidently they believed they could get the runaway cars under control. Engineer Graham had reversed his engine and, being powerless to do more in the cab, he climbed on top of the train and assisted with the hand brakes. His body was found at 11 o’clock the following morning. The only marks on his body were a small cut on the lower lip and a few scratches on the face, but he alighted in the snow on his head and evidently was killed outright.
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The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 70, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 1

Funeral Services Held for Roy F. “Lenninger”


The funeral of Roy Foster Leininger, D & R G brakeman, who was killed by the runaway train at Pando last week, was held at 2 o’clock Tuesday from the Churcher & Johnson chapel under the auspices of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. Mr. Leininger had made application for membership in the Brotherhood, but his application had not been acted on. He was in the service of the railroad three months to the day, when he was killed.

Interment was in Fairview Cemetery. Mr. Leininger was born in Mason City, Illinois, October 21, 1890. He had been a resident of Salila since 1905 and was employed at the smelter until he entered the railroad service. He is survived by a brother, A.B. Leininger of Salida, and a sister, Mrs. Earl Armstrong of Wichita, Kansas, who came to attend the funeral.
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The Montrose Press, (Montrose, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 5, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 7

Frightful Wreck When Heavy Train of Ice Ran Away


Four heavily laden cars, filled with ice, ran away on Tennessee pass last week and the wreck, which resulted, caused the death of Engineer Fred Graham and Brakeman Roy Leininger. The train gained too great headway, and the engineer, finding the air refused to work in the brakes, due to the extreme cold contracting the brake mechanism and he reversed his engine. The fierce heat generated by the resulting friction caused three of the engine wheel tires to drop off. The engine and four cars broke away from the main train when a brake beam dropped to the track, ditching 20 of the cars in one pile. The hundreds of tons of ice and splintered cars piled high in the air upon the bodies of Graham and Leininger. They had been on top of the runaway train setting hand brakes when the pile-up happened. The body of the engineer was found with a heavy axle across his throat. One foot stuck up through the snow. The body of Leininger has not been found yet.
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The Salida Record, Volume XXXV, Number 49, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 2

CARD OF THANKS


We wish to thank the many friends who so kindly assisted us during the burial of our son, brother and father, F. C. Graham, and especially do we wish to express our appreciation to the Railroad Brotherhoods of Grand Junction, Minturn and Salida; to the Ladies’ Auxiliary to the engineers and to the Elks’ Lodge. (signed) Mrs. M. E. Graham and Family
The Herald Democrat, (Leadville, Colorado), Monday, February 4, 1918, page 5

SALIDA ELKS’ LODGE CONDUCTS SERVICES


Several Leadville railroad men or railroaders formerly employed here attended funeral services held at Salida for last Monday for the late Fred Graham of Minturn, a former Leadville locomotive engineer, who was killed the night of January 23 with Brakeman Roy Leininger of Salida when an ice train they had started with from Pando ran away on the Pando hill and was wrecked four miles west of Red Cliff, near Belden. The services were conducted at the Elks’ home at Salida, Graham, having been a member of the Elks’ lodge here for years. The engineer was buried in the plot of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers in the Salida cemetery.

Brakeman Leininger, whose mangled body was recovered from the wreckage only last Sunday, was buried Tuesday at Salida following services at the Churcher and Johnson funeral chapel under the auspices of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. He had been employed on the Rio Grande railroad only three months and had put in application for membership in this brotherhood. He is survived by his brother, A. B. Leininger of Salida, and a sister Mrs. Earl Armstrong of Wichita, Kansas, who came to attend the funeral. He had lived in Salida since 1905.
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Occupation*He was a fireman for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad and owner of a garage and wrecking business.3
Death*21 July 1931He died on 21 July 1931 in San Bernardino County, California, at age 432
Burial* and was buried in Plot# b19s5g5 of Needles Riverview Cemetery, Needles, San Bernardino County.2

Family

Agnes C. Seely b. 15 Aug 1891, d. 17 Jun 1937
Children1.Marguerite May Leininger9 b. 7 Nov 1909, d. 28 Dec 1914
2.Althea Leota Leininger3 b. 12 Feb 1911
3.Gertrude Fay Leininger3 b. 15 Apr 1913
4.Fauster George Leininger3 b. 2 Jul 1915, d. 4 Jan 1919
5.Arthur Richard Leininger3 b. 9 Oct 1919
6.Harriet Anna Leininger3 b. 19 Oct 1922
7.Baby Girl Leininger3 b. 24 Aug 1925, d. 24 Aug 1925
8.Georgia Lee Leininger3 b. 22 Apr 1927

Citations

  1. [S34] 1900 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Richard and Ida M. Leininger, Year: 1900; Census Place: Mason City, Mason, Illinois; Page: 19; Enumeration District: 0064; FHL microfilm: 1240328. Hereinafter cited as 1900 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Arthur Bryant Leininger, Memorial# 10517262. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  3. [S2163] Genealogy and history of the descendants of William Konkel, online at www.ancestry.com, #12. Anna Konkel, pages 247-255, images 247-255 of 319. Hereinafter cited as Genealogy and history of the descendants of William Konkel.
  4. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Harriet "Leninger", Memorial# 31719646.
  5. [S266] Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900, online at https://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp, marriage of Mrs. Ida Dixon and Richard "Lininiger" on 11 May 1898 in Mason County, citing Volume 002, page 0004, License# 00003389. Hereinafter cited as Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900.
  6. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Richard Leininger, Memorial# 31719660.
  7. [S40] 1910 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Ida Leininger, (her surname spelled "Lininger" by the census taker), Year: 1910; Census Place: Mason, Mason, Illinois; Roll: T624_311; Page: 1b; Enumeration District: 0071; FHL microfilm: 1374324. Hereinafter cited as 1910 United States Federal Census.
  8. [S2162] Colorado, County Marriage Records and State Index, 1862-2006, online at www.ancestry.com, marriage on 24 January 1909 in Salida, Chaffee, Colorado, USA, of Arthur Leininger, age 21, born about 1888, and Agnes Seely, age 17, born about 1892, referencing FHL Film# 001690100. Hereinafter cited as Colorado, County Marriage Records and State Index, 1862-2006.
  9. [S40] 1910 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Arthur B. and Agnes C. Leininger, Year: 1910; Census Place: Precinct 4, Rio Blanco, Colorado; Roll: T624_125; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0127; FHL microfilm: 1374138.
  10. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Ora May (Leininger) Rodgers, Memorial# 33267782, reporting her birth date as December 1886.
  11. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Ora May (Leininger) Rodgers, Memorial# 33267782.
  12. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, LeRoy F. Leininger, Memorial# 43113648.
  13. [S2555] Newspaper Articles Regarding the 1918 Train Crash Death of Roy Foster Leininger in Colorado, online at the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection website at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org, which we accessed initially from the Lake County Public Library website at https://lakecountypubliclibrary.org/home, The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 68, Friday, January 25, 1918, page 1; viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Herald Democrat
    , (Leadville, Colorado), Friday, January 25, 1918, page 1, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Herald Democrat, (Leadville, Colorado), Saturday, January 26, 1918, page 5, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 69, Tuesday, January 29, 1918, page 1, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 70, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 1, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Montrose Press, (Montrose, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 5, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 7, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Salida Record, Volume XXXV, Number 49, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 2, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Herald Democrat, (Leadville, Colorado), Monday, February 4, 1918, page 5, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/. Hereinafter cited as 1918 Train Crash Death of Roy F. Leininger in Colorado.
  14. [S2555] 1918 Train Crash Death of Roy F. Leininger in Colorado, online at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org, The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 68, Friday, January 25, 1918, page 1; viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Herald Democrat
    , (Leadville, Colorado), Friday, January 25, 1918, page 1, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Herald Democrat, (Leadville, Colorado), Saturday, January 26, 1918, page 5, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 69, Tuesday, January 29, 1918, page 1, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 70, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 1, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Montrose Press, (Montrose, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 5, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 7, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Salida Record, Volume XXXV, Number 49, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 2, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Herald Democrat, (Leadville, Colorado), Monday, February 4, 1918, page 5, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/.

Arthur Richard Leininger1

b. 9 October 1919
Father*Arthur Leininger1 b. 20 Dec 1887, d. 21 Jul 1931
Mother*Agnes C. Seely1 b. 15 Aug 1891, d. 17 Jun 1937
Birth*9 October 1919Arthur Richard Leininger was born on 9 October 1919.1

Citations

  1. [S2163] Genealogy and history of the descendants of William Konkel, online at www.ancestry.com, #12. Anna Konkel, pages 247-255, images 247-255 of 319. Hereinafter cited as Genealogy and history of the descendants of William Konkel.

Baby Girl Leininger1

b. 24 August 1925, d. 24 August 1925
Father*Arthur Leininger1 b. 20 Dec 1887, d. 21 Jul 1931
Mother*Agnes C. Seely1 b. 15 Aug 1891, d. 17 Jun 1937
Death*24 August 1925 and died the same day on 24 August 1925.1
Birth*24 August 1925Baby Girl Leininger was born on 24 August 1925.1

Citations

  1. [S2163] Genealogy and history of the descendants of William Konkel, online at www.ancestry.com, #12. Anna Konkel, pages 247-255, images 247-255 of 319. Hereinafter cited as Genealogy and history of the descendants of William Konkel.

Fauster George Leininger1

b. 2 July 1915, d. 4 January 1919
Father*Arthur Leininger1 b. 20 Dec 1887, d. 21 Jul 1931
Mother*Agnes C. Seely1 b. 15 Aug 1891, d. 17 Jun 1937
Birth*2 July 1915Fauster George Leininger was born on 2 July 1915.1,2
Illness*1918 In 1918, at the age of 3 years, he became sick with influenza, and was thought to have recovered when he caught a cold which developed into pneumonia.2
Death*4 January 1919He died of pneumonia at the family home in Sargents, Saguache County, Colorado, at the age of 3 years, 6 months, 2 days,2
Burial* and was buried as Foster G. Leininger in Section G, Block 20, Lot 5, of Fairview Cemetery, Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado.2

Citations

  1. [S2163] Genealogy and history of the descendants of William Konkel, online at www.ancestry.com, #12. Anna Konkel, pages 247-255, images 247-255 of 319. Hereinafter cited as Genealogy and history of the descendants of William Konkel.
  2. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Foster G. Leninger, Memorial# 43113664. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.

Georgia Lee Leininger1

b. 22 April 1927
Father*Arthur Leininger1 b. 20 Dec 1887, d. 21 Jul 1931
Mother*Agnes C. Seely1 b. 15 Aug 1891, d. 17 Jun 1937
Birth*22 April 1927Georgia Lee Leininger was born on 22 April 1927.1

Citations

  1. [S2163] Genealogy and history of the descendants of William Konkel, online at www.ancestry.com, #12. Anna Konkel, pages 247-255, images 247-255 of 319. Hereinafter cited as Genealogy and history of the descendants of William Konkel.

Gertrude Fay Leininger1

b. 15 April 1913
Father*Arthur Leininger1 b. 20 Dec 1887, d. 21 Jul 1931
Mother*Agnes C. Seely1 b. 15 Aug 1891, d. 17 Jun 1937
Birth*15 April 1913Gertrude Fay Leininger was born on 15 April 1913.1

Citations

  1. [S2163] Genealogy and history of the descendants of William Konkel, online at www.ancestry.com, #12. Anna Konkel, pages 247-255, images 247-255 of 319. Hereinafter cited as Genealogy and history of the descendants of William Konkel.

Harriet Anna Leininger1

b. 19 October 1922
Father*Arthur Leininger1 b. 20 Dec 1887, d. 21 Jul 1931
Mother*Agnes C. Seely1 b. 15 Aug 1891, d. 17 Jun 1937
Birth*19 October 1922Harriet Anna Leininger was born on 19 October 1922.1

Citations

  1. [S2163] Genealogy and history of the descendants of William Konkel, online at www.ancestry.com, #12. Anna Konkel, pages 247-255, images 247-255 of 319. Hereinafter cited as Genealogy and history of the descendants of William Konkel.

Leota Leininger1

b. March 1894
Father*Richard Leininger1 b. Aug 1860, d. 1 Sep 1907
Mother*Harriet A. Strode1 b. 1866, d. 30 Jul 1896
Birth*March 1894Leota Leininger was born in March 1894 in Illinois.1
(Daughter) Death30 July 1896Leota was 2 years old when her mother died on 30 July 1896 at about age 302
(Daughter) Marriage11 May 1898 and she was age 4 when her father married a second time to Mrs. Ida Dixon on 11 May 1898. Leota's new stepmother had also been married before and had two daughters, Imogene and Iris Dixon, who were ages 10 and 8 years, respectively.3
(Daughter) Census US 190018 June 1900Leota was enumerated on the 1900 census taken on 18 June 1900 in the household of her father and stepmother on Walnut Street, Mason City, Mason County, Illinois. She was 6 years old. Her three siblings were also enumerated in their father's household, and her stepmother's two daughters, Imogene M. Dixon and Iris K. Dixon, were enumerated that year with their maternal grandparents, who lived on Main Street, also in Mason City.1
(Daughter) Death1 September 1907Leota was 13 years old when her father died on 1 September 1907 at age 47.4,5
(Sister) Census US 191011 May 1910Leota was enumerated on the 1910 census taken on 11 May 1910 in the household of her sister and brother-in-law, Ora M. and Jesse A. Rogers, in Woodward, Woodward County, Oklahoma. Leota was 17 years old and worked as a saleslady in a department store.6
Marriage*11 October 1911She married Earl W. Armstrong on 11 October 1911 in the study of the Episcopal Church, Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas. They were married by the Reverend Percy Fenn.7
(Sister) Death27 October 1914Her sister, Ora May (Leininger) Rogers, died of typhoid on 27 October 1914 at age 28, leaving her husband and three young children.8
(Sister) Illness28 October 1914The day after Ora's death, the Wichita Beacon, dated Wednesday, 28 October 1914, reported the tragic consequences of an open well located behind a neighbor's house. Our transcription of the newspaper's page 5 headline and story, with thanks to the kind contributors at Find A Grave for sharing, follows:

Open Well Causes Death by Means of Typhoid Fever


An open well back of 734 Boston is the cause, according to physicians, of the death of Mrs. Ora M. Rodgers, Tuesday afternoon, from typhoid -- and the serious illness of her three young children from the same disease. Mrs. Rogers and the children became ill about the same time. Death came to the mother at a hospital yesterday after a week of illness. In the same hospital are Jessie, an 11-year-old daughter, and Alfred Rodgers, 9 years old. The latter is believed to be recovering, but Jessie is in a critical condition. Neither know of the mother's death. At a neighbor's house, Floran, 2 years old, Mrs. Rodgers' youngest child, is ill from typhoid. His hands and feet are swollen from the effects of the disease. Mrs. Rodgers was the 27-year-old wife of Jesse A. Rodgers, a plasterer, who today is at the bedside of his oldest child in Wesley Hospital. Mr. Rodgers escaped illness.9
(Sister) Burial29 January 1918Leota, who lived in Wichita, Kansas, and her brother, Arthur B. Leininger, who lived in Salida, attended the funeral in Salida, Colorado, on 29 January 1918 for their brother, Roy Foster Leininger, who had been killed in a terrible train crash.10,11
(Sister) Train Crash Many newspaper articles describing the circumstances of the terrible train crash resulting in the deaths of Roy Leininger and Fred Graham were published over several days in Chaffee County, and in other places, within Colorado. Initial stories were about the crash, the deaths and the clean-up. Later stories introduced us to the victims and their families, and also to the cause of the tragedy. Grouping a few of the stories together gave us enough information to understand the crash itself and the aftermath experienced by the victims' families and of the trainmen of Colorado, who shared a solid, and emotional, brotherhood in 1918. Our transcriptions of those few stories follows:
The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 68, Friday, January 25, 1918, page 1

Engineer Graham and Fireman “Lannagher” are Killed in Wreck

Twenty-three Cars in Runaway Train Pile Up and Bury Men

One Body Remains Under Tons of Ice

Wreck Occurs Between Belden and Rex


Fred Graham, engineer, and Roy “Lannagher”, head brakeman, were instantly killed in a wreck which occurred at 9:30 Wednesday night between Pando and Rex on the Denver and Rio Grande. The men were thrown from the top of freight cars on which they were setting brakes in an effort to stop a runaway train, when the cars left the track and piled up, burying them in the wreck. Graham’s body was recovered yesterday and was brought to Salida by J. A. Mack of Minturn on No. 4 this morning. Although every effort is being put forth to clean the wreck, the body of “Lannagher” has not been recovered.

Engineer Fred Graham, Fireman William Cavanaugh, Conductor Tom Carlin and Rear Brakeman N. L. Harper formed the crew of the train, which contained forty cars of ice. When the train’s increasing speed showed it to be beyond control by the engineer, all hands climbed to the top to set brakes by hand, except the fireman who remained on the engine and brought it to a stop after the wreck occurred. When the crash came, three cars behind the engine remained on the rails, twenty-three cars, on some of which the unfortunate men were riding, left the track and fourteen cars and caboose on the rear remained upright and were stopped by the wreckage.

The fireman and engineer were residents of Minturn. The remainder of the crew lived in Salida. Fred Graham was a member of Salida lodge of Elks, the Odd Fellows, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, and Leadville lodge of Eagles. Funeral arrangements await the arrival of his mother and brothers from Beresford, South Dakota and a brother living in Minturn. Graham’s wife and three children, who live in Leadville, arrived today. She is a sister of W. J. Campbell of this city.

“Lannagher” made his home in Salida and was unmarried. A. B. “Lannagher” is a brother living in Salida, and is a fireman on the road
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The Herald Democrat, (Leadville, Colorado), Friday, January 25, 1918, page 1

PLUNGED TO THEIR DEATHS

Engineer Graham and Brakeman Leininger Killed When Ice Train Ran Away Below Pando ---- 20 Cars Smashed

PLUNGED INTO RIVER


The body of Fred Graham, 42, of Minturn, a former Leadville man and engineer on the Rio Grande railroad since 1898, was recovered yesterday noon from the Eagle river, near Rock creek, four miles west of Red Cliff, and that of Roy Leininger, 28, of Salida, brakeman, was still unlocated in the river last night, after they were plunged there at 9:18 the previous night when the ice train with which they started from Pando ran away and jumped the track. Both men were instantly killed as the engine and twenty cars hurtled into the river. William A. Kavanaugh of Minturn, also a former Leadville man and fireman on Graham’s engine, was thrown from the cab to safety. Injuries receive by him were only minor.

The train, in charge of Conductor Tom Carlin of Salida, started from Pando with forty cars of ice, which had been loaded from the Rio Grande ice pond at that mountain station. On the heavy down grade from Pando, the train started to run away. It passed thru Red Cliff at the rate of 50 or 60 miles an hour, it was reported here, barely sticking to the rails as it rounded the deep curve near this station. Something was believed to have gone wrong with the engine, according to the railroad men, for Engineer Graham was one of the most experienced and ablest engineers on the Grande system. As it neared Rock creek, one mile below Belden, the train was completely out of control.

The engine, No. 1406, left the track at this point and plunged into the Eagle river pinning Graham and Leininger, who was at the front end of the train, under the water. The telegraph wires were broken at 9:18, it was reported here, indicating that the end of the runaway occurred at that time as the engine and cars struck and demolished the telegraph wires. Twenty freight cars at the front end of the train were smashed to kindling and strewn all along the right of way at Rock creek. Conductor Carlin, a third division employee, was towards the rear of the train and escaped injury.

Owing to the double track of the Rio Grande where the smash-up occurred, traffic was not seriously interfered with during the rest of the day. Wrecking crews from Minturn and Salida spent the day cleaning up the wreckage, and a crew of men was steadily engaged looking for the bodies of the two members of the crew. Leininger’s body had not yet been recovered last night, according to reports from Red Cliff. Graham’s was found at noon and recovered from the water.

Graham was widely known in Leadville, though he removed to Minturn about twelve years ago. His three children, two girls and a boy, 7 to 16 years old, had been residing here lately to attend school, and they were here yesterday at their home at Cadillac house when they heard the sad news of their father’s death. Kavanaugh, who miraculously escaped critical injury, is a nephew of James E. Kavanaugh of 1113 Poplar street, an engineer on the Grande here. Brakeman Leininger of Salida had been in the employ of the railroad only a short time, it was said, and was not known here widely.

Dozens of railroad men and other expressed their regret here last night especially over the death of Fred Graham, who was one of the best-liked employees of the second division. For a number of years he was an engineer on the Pando Hill passenger run, from Minturn to Tennessee Pass, and had given up this run not a great while ago to go onto the more remunerative freight run. He had been in the company’s employ since 1898 and held the reputation of being one of the most careful pilots on the system. His mother, who lives at Minturn, three brothers and his three children survive. Claire Graham of Minturn, one of the brothers, is a fireman on the Grande. Roy is in South Dakota.

Graham was a member of the Leadville Lodge of Elks No. 236 and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. It is planned to take his remains to Salida this morning on Grande passenger train No. 4. Funeral arrangements have not been definitely made, though it is known that burial will take place in the engineer’s plot at Salida. His brother Claire plans to stop here this morning and accompany the three children to Salida on the No. 16 tonight.

‘You can’t find men and citizens better than Fred Graham”, one of the engineer’s old friends said last night. “He was a splendid man to work with or to associate with – always ready to give you a helping hand, good natured, sociable, and once your friend, a friend who could not do enough for you. He was one of the best engineers on the Rio Grande railroad, and it’s a pity he had to go so soon.”
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The Herald Democrat, (Leadville, Colorado), Saturday, January 26, 1918, page 5

BODY OF BRAKEMAN NOT YET FOUND


No trace had yet been found last night, according to reports from Minturn, of the body of Roy Leininger, the young Salida brakeman who met death Wednesday night with Engineer Fred Graham of Minturn, a former Leadville man, when their freight train, carrying ice from Pando, ran away and plunged into the Eagle river, near Rock creek four miles west of Red Cliff. Most of the wreckage had been cleared up yesterday and it was believed the body had been carried down the river. Search is to be continued today.

The body of Engineer Graham, one of the most experienced engineers in the Denver and Rio Grande system, who had been employed on this road since 1898, was taken to Salida yesterday for burial in the engineers’ plot there. His brother Claire, a fireman at Minturn, arrived here yesterday and went to Salida last night on train No. 14 with the engineer’s three small children who have been living here to attend school.

Trainmen who had visited the scene of the wreck, and who arrived here yesterday, said Graham had left the runaway engine and had climbed with other trainmen to the tops of the freight cars in an effort to set the hand brakes. When the cars turned over, he and Leininger were killed.
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The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 69, Tuesday, January 29, 1918, page 1

Body of Brakeman Recovered; Engineer’s Funeral Yesterday


The body of Roy Foster Leininger, brakeman, killed in the wreck near Pando last Wednesday night, was recovered Sunday. The body was found under tons of wreckage and was crushed beyond recognition. The funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock today from Churcher and Johnson Chapel. Mr. Leininger was 27 years old and unmarried. He lived at 124 East Third, and was a native of Mason City, Illinois.

The funeral of Engineer Fred C. Graham, who was also killed in the wreck, was held at 2 o’clock yesterday at the Elks home in Salida, under the auspices of the Elks and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. Mr. Graham was popular among all railroad men of the Colorado Mines of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad and many fellow railroad men came here from Minturn, Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs and other points to attend the funeral. All the railroad men from Salida who could be spared from the road were in attendance. Mr. Graham would have been twenty years in the service of the D&RG next month.

Airbrake experts of the D&RG and the Westinghouse Air Brake company have investigated the wreck and are preparing a report on the case, which will be filed in a few days. The men lost their lives trying to stop the train which had overcome the brakes and sped down the hill at terrific speed. They could have jumped before the train gained momentum but evidently they believed they could get the runaway cars under control. Engineer Graham had reversed his engine and, being powerless to do more in the cab, he climbed on top of the train and assisted with the hand brakes. His body was found at 11 o’clock the following morning. The only marks on his body were a small cut on the lower lip and a few scratches on the face, but he alighted in the snow on his head and evidently was killed outright.
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The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 70, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 1

Funeral Services Held for Roy F. “Lenninger”


The funeral of Roy Foster Leininger, D & R G brakeman, who was killed by the runaway train at Pando last week, was held at 2 o’clock Tuesday from the Churcher & Johnson chapel under the auspices of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. Mr. Leininger had made application for membership in the Brotherhood, but his application had not been acted on. He was in the service of the railroad three months to the day, when he was killed.

Interment was in Fairview Cemetery. Mr. Leininger was born in Mason City, Illinois, October 21, 1890. He had been a resident of Salila since 1905 and was employed at the smelter until he entered the railroad service. He is survived by a brother, A.B. Leininger of Salida, and a sister, Mrs. Earl Armstrong of Wichita, Kansas, who came to attend the funeral.
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The Montrose Press, (Montrose, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 5, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 7

Frightful Wreck When Heavy Train of Ice Ran Away


Four heavily laden cars, filled with ice, ran away on Tennessee pass last week and the wreck, which resulted, caused the death of Engineer Fred Graham and Brakeman Roy Leininger. The train gained too great headway, and the engineer, finding the air refused to work in the brakes, due to the extreme cold contracting the brake mechanism and he reversed his engine. The fierce heat generated by the resulting friction caused three of the engine wheel tires to drop off. The engine and four cars broke away from the main train when a brake beam dropped to the track, ditching 20 of the cars in one pile. The hundreds of tons of ice and splintered cars piled high in the air upon the bodies of Graham and Leininger. They had been on top of the runaway train setting hand brakes when the pile-up happened. The body of the engineer was found with a heavy axle across his throat. One foot stuck up through the snow. The body of Leininger has not been found yet.
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The Salida Record, Volume XXXV, Number 49, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 2

CARD OF THANKS


We wish to thank the many friends who so kindly assisted us during the burial of our son, brother and father, F. C. Graham, and especially do we wish to express our appreciation to the Railroad Brotherhoods of Grand Junction, Minturn and Salida; to the Ladies’ Auxiliary to the engineers and to the Elks’ Lodge. (signed) Mrs. M. E. Graham and Family
The Herald Democrat, (Leadville, Colorado), Monday, February 4, 1918, page 5

SALIDA ELKS’ LODGE CONDUCTS SERVICES


Several Leadville railroad men or railroaders formerly employed here attended funeral services held at Salida for last Monday for the late Fred Graham of Minturn, a former Leadville locomotive engineer, who was killed the night of January 23 with Brakeman Roy Leininger of Salida when an ice train they had started with from Pando ran away on the Pando hill and was wrecked four miles west of Red Cliff, near Belden. The services were conducted at the Elks’ home at Salida, Graham, having been a member of the Elks’ lodge here for years. The engineer was buried in the plot of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers in the Salida cemetery.

Brakeman Leininger, whose mangled body was recovered from the wreckage only last Sunday, was buried Tuesday at Salida following services at the Churcher and Johnson funeral chapel under the auspices of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. He had been employed on the Rio Grande railroad only three months and had put in application for membership in this brotherhood. He is survived by his brother, A. B. Leininger of Salida, and a sister Mrs. Earl Armstrong of Wichita, Kansas, who came to attend the funeral. He had lived in Salida since 1905.
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Family

Earl W. Armstrong b. 1885

Citations

  1. [S34] 1900 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Richard and Ida M. Leininger, Year: 1900; Census Place: Mason City, Mason, Illinois; Page: 19; Enumeration District: 0064; FHL microfilm: 1240328. Hereinafter cited as 1900 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Harriet "Leninger", Memorial# 31719646. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  3. [S266] Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900, online at https://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp, marriage of Mrs. Ida Dixon and Richard "Lininiger" on 11 May 1898 in Mason County, citing Volume 002, page 0004, License# 00003389. Hereinafter cited as Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900.
  4. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Richard Leininger, Memorial# 31719660.
  5. [S40] 1910 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Ida Leininger, (her surname spelled "Lininger" by the census taker), Year: 1910; Census Place: Mason, Mason, Illinois; Roll: T624_311; Page: 1b; Enumeration District: 0071; FHL microfilm: 1374324. Hereinafter cited as 1910 United States Federal Census.
  6. [S40] 1910 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Jess A. and Ora M. Rogers, Year: 1910; Census Place: Woodward Ward 4, Woodward, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1276; Page: 19B; Enumeration District: 0293; FHL microfilm: 1375289.
  7. [S2161] U.S., Newspapers.com Marriage Index, 1800s-current, online at www.ancestry.com, The Wichita Beacon, (Wichita, Kansas), Thursday, 19 October 1911, page 9, under the heading "Leininger-Armstrong", reporting that Miss Leota Leininger and Earl Armstrong were quietly married on October 11, 1911 at 8 o'clock in the evening by Reverend Percy Fenn in the study of the Episcopal Church; bride came to Wichita 6 months before from her home in Havana, Illinois; groom is an employee of the Boston store; Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong gone to housekeeping at 115 North Popular Avenue; at home to friends after November 1. Hereinafter cited as U.S., Newspapers.com Marriage Index, 1800s-current.
  8. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Ora May (Leininger) Rodgers, Memorial# 33267782, reporting her birth date as December 1886.
  9. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Ora May (Leininger) Rodgers, Memorial# 33267782.
  10. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, LeRoy F. Leininger, Memorial# 43113648.
  11. [S2555] Newspaper Articles Regarding the 1918 Train Crash Death of Roy Foster Leininger in Colorado, online at the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection website at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org, which we accessed initially from the Lake County Public Library website at https://lakecountypubliclibrary.org/home, The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 68, Friday, January 25, 1918, page 1; viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Herald Democrat
    , (Leadville, Colorado), Friday, January 25, 1918, page 1, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Herald Democrat, (Leadville, Colorado), Saturday, January 26, 1918, page 5, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 69, Tuesday, January 29, 1918, page 1, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 70, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 1, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Montrose Press, (Montrose, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 5, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 7, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Salida Record, Volume XXXV, Number 49, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 2, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Herald Democrat, (Leadville, Colorado), Monday, February 4, 1918, page 5, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/. Hereinafter cited as 1918 Train Crash Death of Roy F. Leininger in Colorado.
  12. [S2555] 1918 Train Crash Death of Roy F. Leininger in Colorado, online at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org, The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 68, Friday, January 25, 1918, page 1; viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Herald Democrat
    , (Leadville, Colorado), Friday, January 25, 1918, page 1, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Herald Democrat, (Leadville, Colorado), Saturday, January 26, 1918, page 5, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 69, Tuesday, January 29, 1918, page 1, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 70, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 1, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Montrose Press, (Montrose, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 5, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 7, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Salida Record, Volume XXXV, Number 49, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 2, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Herald Democrat, (Leadville, Colorado), Monday, February 4, 1918, page 5, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/.

Marguerite May Leininger1,2

b. 7 November 1909, d. 28 December 1914
Father*Arthur Leininger1 b. 20 Dec 1887, d. 21 Jul 1931
Mother*Agnes C. Seely1 b. 15 Aug 1891, d. 17 Jun 1937
Birth*7 November 1909Marguerite May Leininger was born on 7 November 1909 in Colorado.1
(Daughter) Census US 191016 April 1910Marguerite was enumerated on the 1910 census taken on 16 April 1910 in the household of her parents in Precinct 4, Meeker, Rio Blanco County, Colorado. She was 6 months old.1
Death*28 December 1914She died on 28 December 1914 in Colorado at age 52
Burial* and was buried in Highland B 38 of Highland Cemetery, Meeker, Rio Blanco County, Colorado.3

Citations

  1. [S40] 1910 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Arthur B. and Agnes C. Leininger, Year: 1910; Census Place: Precinct 4, Rio Blanco, Colorado; Roll: T624_125; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0127; FHL microfilm: 1374138. Hereinafter cited as 1910 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S2163] Genealogy and history of the descendants of William Konkel, online at www.ancestry.com, #12. Anna Konkel, pages 247-255, images 247-255 of 319. Hereinafter cited as Genealogy and history of the descendants of William Konkel.
  3. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Marguerite Leininger, Memorial# 54268327. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.

Ora M. Leininger1

b. December 1885, d. 27 October 1914
Father*Richard Leininger1 b. Aug 1860, d. 1 Sep 1907
Mother*Harriet A. Strode1 b. 1866, d. 30 Jul 1896
Birth*December 1885Ora M. Leininger was born in December 1885 in Illinois.1,2
Name VariationHer full name was Ora May Leininger.2
(Daughter) Death30 July 1896Ora was 10 years old when her mother died on 30 July 1896 at about age 303
(Daughter) Marriage11 May 1898 and she was age 12 when her father married a second time to Mrs. Ida Dixon on 11 May 1898. Ora's new stepmother had also been married before and had two daughters, Imogene and Iris Dixon, who were ages 10 and 8 years, respectively.4
(Daughter) Census US 190018 June 1900Ora was enumerated on the 1900 census taken on 18 June 1900 in the household of her father and stepmother on Walnut Street, Mason City, Mason County, Illinois. She was 14 years old and had attended school for 8 months of the census year. Her three siblings were also enumerated in their father's household, and her stepmother's two daughters, Imogene M. Dixon and Iris K. Dixon, were enumerated that year with their maternal grandparents, who lived on Main Street, also in Mason City.1
Marriage*12 November 1902She married Jesse A. Rogers, son of George Rogers and Adaline Adkins, on 12 November 1902 in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. Jesse was 22 years of age and Ora reported her age as 18, although she was actually only 16 years old.5,6,2
(Daughter) Death1 September 1907She was married and living in Kansas with her husband and two children when her father died on 1 September 1907 at age 47 in Illinois.7,8
Census US 1910*11 May 1910Ora M. and Jesse A. Rogers were enumerated on the 1910 census taken on 11 May 1910 in Woodward, Woodward County, Oklahoma. Jess was 30 years of age and worked as a plasterer for a contractor, and Ora was 23 years of age. They rented their house, had been married for 8 years, the first marriage for each, and Ora had given birth to two children, both of whom were living and enumerated with their parents in 1910. Their daughter Jessie was 6 years old and had attended school within the census year; and their son Alfred was 5 years old. Also living with the family in 1910 was Ora's younger sister, Leota Leininger, who was 17 years old and worked as a saleslady in a department store.9
Death*27 October 1914She died of typhoid on 27 October 1914 in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, at age 28.2
Illness*28 October 1914The day after Ora's death, the Wichita Beacon, dated Wednesday, 28 October 1914, reported the tragic consequences of an open well located behind a neighbor's house. Our transcription of the newspaper's page 5 headline and story, with thanks to the kind contributors at Find A Grave for sharing, follows:

Open Well Causes Death by Means of Typhoid Fever


An open well back of 734 Boston is the cause, according to physicians, of the death of Mrs. Ora M. Rodgers, Tuesday afternoon, from typhoid -- and the serious illness of her three young children from the same disease. Mrs. Rogers and the children became ill about the same time. Death came to the mother at a hospital yesterday after a week of illness. In the same hospital are Jessie, an 11-year-old daughter, and Alfred Rodgers, 9 years old. The latter is believed to be recovering, but Jessie is in a critical condition. Neither know of the mother's death. At a neighbor's house, Floran, 2 years old, Mrs. Rodgers' youngest child, is ill from typhoid. His hands and feet are swollen from the effects of the disease. Mrs. Rodgers was the 27-year-old wife of Jesse A. Rodgers, a plasterer, who today is at the bedside of his oldest child in Wesley Hospital. Mr. Rodgers escaped illness.10
Burial*Ora was buried in Section K, Lot 24, Grave 6, of Maple Grove Cemetery, Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas.2
Residence*The Rogers family had lived at 723 Boston Avenue, Wichita, for three years, and happily, all three of the children survived the typhoid.10

Family

Jesse A. Rogers b. 14 Mar 1880, d. 5 Oct 1961
Children1.Jessie M. Rogers11 b. 1904
2.Alfred L. Rogers11 b. 1905
3.Floran A. Rogers10 b. 1912

Citations

  1. [S34] 1900 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Richard and Ida M. Leininger, Year: 1900; Census Place: Mason City, Mason, Illinois; Page: 19; Enumeration District: 0064; FHL microfilm: 1240328. Hereinafter cited as 1900 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Ora May (Leininger) Rodgers, Memorial# 33267782, reporting her birth date as December 1886. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  3. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Harriet "Leninger", Memorial# 31719646.
  4. [S266] Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900, online at https://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp, marriage of Mrs. Ida Dixon and Richard "Lininiger" on 11 May 1898 in Mason County, citing Volume 002, page 0004, License# 00003389. Hereinafter cited as Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900.
  5. [S2160] Missouri, U.S., Jackson County Marriage Records, 1840-1985, online at www.ancestry.com, marriage on 12 November 1902 in Missouri of "Cora" M Leininger of Mason City, Mason County, Illinois, age 18, and Jesse A Rodgers of Woodward, Woodward County, Oklahoma, age 22, recorded in Jackson, Missouri, USA, citing Certificate# 1902K0025519. Hereinafter cited as Missouri, U.S., Jackson County Marriage Records, 1840-1985.
  6. [S1732] Missouri, U.S., Marriage Records, 1805-2002, online at www.ancestry.com, marriage on 12 November 1902 in Jackson, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, of "Cora" M Leininger of Mason County, Illinois, and Jesse A Rodgers of Woodward County, Oklahoma, both over the age of 18 years, referencing Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City, MO, USA, Missouri Marriage Records [Microfilm]. Hereinafter cited as Missouri, U.S., Marriage Records, 1805-2002.
  7. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Richard Leininger, Memorial# 31719660.
  8. [S40] 1910 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Ida Leininger, (her surname spelled "Lininger" by the census taker), Year: 1910; Census Place: Mason, Mason, Illinois; Roll: T624_311; Page: 1b; Enumeration District: 0071; FHL microfilm: 1374324. Hereinafter cited as 1910 United States Federal Census.
  9. [S40] 1910 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Jess A. and Ora M. Rogers, Year: 1910; Census Place: Woodward Ward 4, Woodward, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1276; Page: 19B; Enumeration District: 0293; FHL microfilm: 1375289.
  10. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Ora May (Leininger) Rodgers, Memorial# 33267782.
  11. [S73] 1920 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Jesse A. Rogers, Year: 1920; Census Place: Wichita Ward 1, Sedgwick, Kansas; Roll: T625_549; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 116. Hereinafter cited as 1920 United States Federal Census.

Richard Leininger1

b. August 1860, d. 1 September 1907
Birth*August 1860Richard Leininger was born in August 1860 in Missouri.1,2
Marriage*21 August 1884He married first Harriet A. Strode, daughter of Morgan B. Strode and Harriet Ann Burkett, on 21 August 1884 in Mason County, Illinois.3
(Husband) Death30 July 1896Richard became a widower with four young children when Harriet A. (Strobe) Leininger died on 30 July 1896 at about age 30.4
Marriage*11 May 1898He married second, as her second husband, Mrs. Ida M. (Sigerson) Dixon, daughter of Wilson P. Sigerson and Elizabeth L. Hughes, on 11 May 1898 in Mason County, Illinois. Richard was a widower with four children ranging in age from 12 to 4 years, and Ida was likely a divorcee with two daughters, ages 10 and 8 years.5
Census US 1900*18 June 1900Ida M. and Richard Leininger were enumerated on the 1900 census taken on 18 June 1900 on Walnut Street, Mason City, Mason County, Illinois. Richard was 40 years of age and a teamster, and Ida was 33 years of age. They owned their house with a mortgage, had been married for 2 years, and Ida had given birth to two children, both of whom were from her previous marriage and living, and neither of whom was enumerated in their stepfather's household in 1900. Enumerated with the couple were Richard's four children from his first marriage. The two older children, Ora M. and Arthur, were ages 14 and 12 years, respectively, and had both attended school for 8 months of the census year; and the younger two, Roy and Leota, were ages 8 and 6 years, respectively. Richard's stepdaughters, Ida's two daughters from her first marriage, Imogene M. Dixon and Iris K. Dixon, were enumerated in 1900 in the household of their maternal grandparents, Elizabeth and Wilson P. Sigerson, who also lived in Mason City.2
Death*1 September 1907He died on 1 September 1907 in Mason City, Mason County, Illinois, at age 471,6
Burial* and was buried with his first wife in Block 2, Lot 52.00, of Mason City Cemetery, Mason City.1

Family 1

Harriet A. Strode b. 1866, d. 30 Jul 1896
Children1.Ora M. Leininger+2 b. Dec 1885, d. 27 Oct 1914
2.Arthur Leininger+2 b. 20 Dec 1887, d. 21 Jul 1931
3.Roy Leininger2 b. 21 Oct 1889, d. 23 Jan 1918
4.Leota Leininger2 b. Mar 1894

Family 2

Ida M. Sigerson b. 11 Jun 1866, d. 21 May 1952

Citations

  1. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Richard Leininger, Memorial# 31719660. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  2. [S34] 1900 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Richard and Ida M. Leininger, Year: 1900; Census Place: Mason City, Mason, Illinois; Page: 19; Enumeration District: 0064; FHL microfilm: 1240328. Hereinafter cited as 1900 United States Federal Census.
  3. [S266] Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900, online at https://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp, marriage of Richard "Leineger" and Harriet "Strobe" on 21 August 1884 in Mason County, citing Volume 1, page 84, License# 1080. Hereinafter cited as Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900.
  4. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Harriet "Leninger", Memorial# 31719646.
  5. [S266] Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900, online at https://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp, marriage of Mrs. Ida Dixon and Richard "Lininiger" on 11 May 1898 in Mason County, citing Volume 002, page 0004, License# 00003389.
  6. [S40] 1910 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Ida Leininger, (her surname spelled "Lininger" by the census taker), Year: 1910; Census Place: Mason, Mason, Illinois; Roll: T624_311; Page: 1b; Enumeration District: 0071; FHL microfilm: 1374324. Hereinafter cited as 1910 United States Federal Census.

Roy Leininger1

b. 21 October 1889, d. 23 January 1918
Father*Richard Leininger1 b. Aug 1860, d. 1 Sep 1907
Mother*Harriet A. Strode1 b. 1866, d. 30 Jul 1896
Birth*21 October 1889Roy Leininger was born on 21 October 1889 in Mason City, Mason County, Illinois.2,3,4
Name VariationHis full name was Roy Foster Leininger.5
(Son) Death30 July 1896Roy was 4 years old when his mother died on 30 July 1896 at about age 306
(Son) Marriage11 May 1898 and he was age 6 when his father married a second time to Mrs. Ida Dixon on 11 May 1898. Roy's new stepmother had also been married before and had two daughters, Imogene and Iris Dixon, who were ages 10 and 8 years, respectively.7
(Son) Census US 190018 June 1900Roy was enumerated on the 1900 census taken on 18 June 1900 in the household of his father and stepmother on Walnut Street, Mason City, Mason County, Illinois. He was 8 years old. His three siblings were also enumerated in their father's household, and his stepmother's two daughters, Imogene M. Dixon and Iris K. Dixon, were enumerated that year with their maternal grandparents, who lived on Main Street, also in Mason City.1
(Son) Death1 September 1907He was 15 years old when his father died on 1 September 1907 at age 47.8,9
(Brother) Death27 October 1914His sister, Ora May (Leininger) Rogers, died of typhoid on 27 October 1914 at age 28, leaving her husband and three young children.10
(Brother) Illness28 October 1914The day after Ora's death, the Wichita Beacon, dated Wednesday, 28 October 1914, reported the tragic consequences of an open well located behind a neighbor's house. Our transcription of the newspaper's page 5 headline and story, with thanks to the kind contributors at Find A Grave for sharing, follows:

Open Well Causes Death by Means of Typhoid Fever


An open well back of 734 Boston is the cause, according to physicians, of the death of Mrs. Ora M. Rodgers, Tuesday afternoon, from typhoid -- and the serious illness of her three young children from the same disease. Mrs. Rogers and the children became ill about the same time. Death came to the mother at a hospital yesterday after a week of illness. In the same hospital are Jessie, an 11-year-old daughter, and Alfred Rodgers, 9 years old. The latter is believed to be recovering, but Jessie is in a critical condition. Neither know of the mother's death. At a neighbor's house, Floran, 2 years old, Mrs. Rodgers' youngest child, is ill from typhoid. His hands and feet are swollen from the effects of the disease. Mrs. Rodgers was the 27-year-old wife of Jesse A. Rodgers, a plasterer, who today is at the bedside of his oldest child in Wesley Hospital. Mr. Rodgers escaped illness.11
Draft Registration*11 June 1917He completed his World War I Draft Registration Card as Roy Foster Leininger on 11 June 1917 in Rio Blanco County, Colorado. He reported his home address as Meeker, Colorado, and also stated he was married, although did not record his wife's name. He was working as a miner and reported he had served as a fireman in the U.S. Navy for 6 months. He was described as short, of medium build, with light hair and blue eyes.2
Death*23 January 1918He died a terrible death in a train crash on 23 January 1918 near Pando, Eagle County, Colorado, at age 2812
Burial*29 January 1918 and was buried on 29 January 1918 in Section G, Block 20, of Fairview Cemetery, Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado.5,12
Train Crash* Many newspaper articles describing the circumstances of the terrible train crash resulting in the deaths of Roy Leininger and Fred Graham were published over several days in Chaffee County, and in other places, within Colorado. Initial stories were about the crash, the deaths and the clean-up. Later stories introduced us to the victims and their families, and also to the cause of the tragedy. Grouping a few of the stories together gave us enough information to understand the crash itself and the aftermath experienced by the victims' families and of the trainmen of Colorado, who shared a solid, and emotional, brotherhood in 1918. Our transcriptions of those few stories follows:
The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 68, Friday, January 25, 1918, page 1

Engineer Graham and Fireman “Lannagher” are Killed in Wreck

Twenty-three Cars in Runaway Train Pile Up and Bury Men

One Body Remains Under Tons of Ice

Wreck Occurs Between Belden and Rex


Fred Graham, engineer, and Roy “Lannagher”, head brakeman, were instantly killed in a wreck which occurred at 9:30 Wednesday night between Pando and Rex on the Denver and Rio Grande. The men were thrown from the top of freight cars on which they were setting brakes in an effort to stop a runaway train, when the cars left the track and piled up, burying them in the wreck. Graham’s body was recovered yesterday and was brought to Salida by J. A. Mack of Minturn on No. 4 this morning. Although every effort is being put forth to clean the wreck, the body of “Lannagher” has not been recovered.

Engineer Fred Graham, Fireman William Cavanaugh, Conductor Tom Carlin and Rear Brakeman N. L. Harper formed the crew of the train, which contained forty cars of ice. When the train’s increasing speed showed it to be beyond control by the engineer, all hands climbed to the top to set brakes by hand, except the fireman who remained on the engine and brought it to a stop after the wreck occurred. When the crash came, three cars behind the engine remained on the rails, twenty-three cars, on some of which the unfortunate men were riding, left the track and fourteen cars and caboose on the rear remained upright and were stopped by the wreckage.

The fireman and engineer were residents of Minturn. The remainder of the crew lived in Salida. Fred Graham was a member of Salida lodge of Elks, the Odd Fellows, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, and Leadville lodge of Eagles. Funeral arrangements await the arrival of his mother and brothers from Beresford, South Dakota and a brother living in Minturn. Graham’s wife and three children, who live in Leadville, arrived today. She is a sister of W. J. Campbell of this city.

“Lannagher” made his home in Salida and was unmarried. A. B. “Lannagher” is a brother living in Salida, and is a fireman on the road
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The Herald Democrat, (Leadville, Colorado), Friday, January 25, 1918, page 1

PLUNGED TO THEIR DEATHS

Engineer Graham and Brakeman Leininger Killed When Ice Train Ran Away Below Pando ---- 20 Cars Smashed

PLUNGED INTO RIVER


The body of Fred Graham, 42, of Minturn, a former Leadville man and engineer on the Rio Grande railroad since 1898, was recovered yesterday noon from the Eagle river, near Rock creek, four miles west of Red Cliff, and that of Roy Leininger, 28, of Salida, brakeman, was still unlocated in the river last night, after they were plunged there at 9:18 the previous night when the ice train with which they started from Pando ran away and jumped the track. Both men were instantly killed as the engine and twenty cars hurtled into the river. William A. Kavanaugh of Minturn, also a former Leadville man and fireman on Graham’s engine, was thrown from the cab to safety. Injuries receive by him were only minor.

The train, in charge of Conductor Tom Carlin of Salida, started from Pando with forty cars of ice, which had been loaded from the Rio Grande ice pond at that mountain station. On the heavy down grade from Pando, the train started to run away. It passed thru Red Cliff at the rate of 50 or 60 miles an hour, it was reported here, barely sticking to the rails as it rounded the deep curve near this station. Something was believed to have gone wrong with the engine, according to the railroad men, for Engineer Graham was one of the most experienced and ablest engineers on the Grande system. As it neared Rock creek, one mile below Belden, the train was completely out of control.

The engine, No. 1406, left the track at this point and plunged into the Eagle river pinning Graham and Leininger, who was at the front end of the train, under the water. The telegraph wires were broken at 9:18, it was reported here, indicating that the end of the runaway occurred at that time as the engine and cars struck and demolished the telegraph wires. Twenty freight cars at the front end of the train were smashed to kindling and strewn all along the right of way at Rock creek. Conductor Carlin, a third division employee, was towards the rear of the train and escaped injury.

Owing to the double track of the Rio Grande where the smash-up occurred, traffic was not seriously interfered with during the rest of the day. Wrecking crews from Minturn and Salida spent the day cleaning up the wreckage, and a crew of men was steadily engaged looking for the bodies of the two members of the crew. Leininger’s body had not yet been recovered last night, according to reports from Red Cliff. Graham’s was found at noon and recovered from the water.

Graham was widely known in Leadville, though he removed to Minturn about twelve years ago. His three children, two girls and a boy, 7 to 16 years old, had been residing here lately to attend school, and they were here yesterday at their home at Cadillac house when they heard the sad news of their father’s death. Kavanaugh, who miraculously escaped critical injury, is a nephew of James E. Kavanaugh of 1113 Poplar street, an engineer on the Grande here. Brakeman Leininger of Salida had been in the employ of the railroad only a short time, it was said, and was not known here widely.

Dozens of railroad men and other expressed their regret here last night especially over the death of Fred Graham, who was one of the best-liked employees of the second division. For a number of years he was an engineer on the Pando Hill passenger run, from Minturn to Tennessee Pass, and had given up this run not a great while ago to go onto the more remunerative freight run. He had been in the company’s employ since 1898 and held the reputation of being one of the most careful pilots on the system. His mother, who lives at Minturn, three brothers and his three children survive. Claire Graham of Minturn, one of the brothers, is a fireman on the Grande. Roy is in South Dakota.

Graham was a member of the Leadville Lodge of Elks No. 236 and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. It is planned to take his remains to Salida this morning on Grande passenger train No. 4. Funeral arrangements have not been definitely made, though it is known that burial will take place in the engineer’s plot at Salida. His brother Claire plans to stop here this morning and accompany the three children to Salida on the No. 16 tonight.

‘You can’t find men and citizens better than Fred Graham”, one of the engineer’s old friends said last night. “He was a splendid man to work with or to associate with – always ready to give you a helping hand, good natured, sociable, and once your friend, a friend who could not do enough for you. He was one of the best engineers on the Rio Grande railroad, and it’s a pity he had to go so soon.”
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The Herald Democrat, (Leadville, Colorado), Saturday, January 26, 1918, page 5

BODY OF BRAKEMAN NOT YET FOUND


No trace had yet been found last night, according to reports from Minturn, of the body of Roy Leininger, the young Salida brakeman who met death Wednesday night with Engineer Fred Graham of Minturn, a former Leadville man, when their freight train, carrying ice from Pando, ran away and plunged into the Eagle river, near Rock creek four miles west of Red Cliff. Most of the wreckage had been cleared up yesterday and it was believed the body had been carried down the river. Search is to be continued today.

The body of Engineer Graham, one of the most experienced engineers in the Denver and Rio Grande system, who had been employed on this road since 1898, was taken to Salida yesterday for burial in the engineers’ plot there. His brother Claire, a fireman at Minturn, arrived here yesterday and went to Salida last night on train No. 14 with the engineer’s three small children who have been living here to attend school.

Trainmen who had visited the scene of the wreck, and who arrived here yesterday, said Graham had left the runaway engine and had climbed with other trainmen to the tops of the freight cars in an effort to set the hand brakes. When the cars turned over, he and Leininger were killed.
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The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 69, Tuesday, January 29, 1918, page 1

Body of Brakeman Recovered; Engineer’s Funeral Yesterday


The body of Roy Foster Leininger, brakeman, killed in the wreck near Pando last Wednesday night, was recovered Sunday. The body was found under tons of wreckage and was crushed beyond recognition. The funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock today from Churcher and Johnson Chapel. Mr. Leininger was 27 years old and unmarried. He lived at 124 East Third, and was a native of Mason City, Illinois.

The funeral of Engineer Fred C. Graham, who was also killed in the wreck, was held at 2 o’clock yesterday at the Elks home in Salida, under the auspices of the Elks and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. Mr. Graham was popular among all railroad men of the Colorado Mines of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad and many fellow railroad men came here from Minturn, Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs and other points to attend the funeral. All the railroad men from Salida who could be spared from the road were in attendance. Mr. Graham would have been twenty years in the service of the D&RG next month.

Airbrake experts of the D&RG and the Westinghouse Air Brake company have investigated the wreck and are preparing a report on the case, which will be filed in a few days. The men lost their lives trying to stop the train which had overcome the brakes and sped down the hill at terrific speed. They could have jumped before the train gained momentum but evidently they believed they could get the runaway cars under control. Engineer Graham had reversed his engine and, being powerless to do more in the cab, he climbed on top of the train and assisted with the hand brakes. His body was found at 11 o’clock the following morning. The only marks on his body were a small cut on the lower lip and a few scratches on the face, but he alighted in the snow on his head and evidently was killed outright.
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The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 70, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 1

Funeral Services Held for Roy F. “Lenninger”


The funeral of Roy Foster Leininger, D & R G brakeman, who was killed by the runaway train at Pando last week, was held at 2 o’clock Tuesday from the Churcher & Johnson chapel under the auspices of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. Mr. Leininger had made application for membership in the Brotherhood, but his application had not been acted on. He was in the service of the railroad three months to the day, when he was killed.

Interment was in Fairview Cemetery. Mr. Leininger was born in Mason City, Illinois, October 21, 1890. He had been a resident of Salila since 1905 and was employed at the smelter until he entered the railroad service. He is survived by a brother, A.B. Leininger of Salida, and a sister, Mrs. Earl Armstrong of Wichita, Kansas, who came to attend the funeral.
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The Montrose Press, (Montrose, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 5, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 7

Frightful Wreck When Heavy Train of Ice Ran Away


Four heavily laden cars, filled with ice, ran away on Tennessee pass last week and the wreck, which resulted, caused the death of Engineer Fred Graham and Brakeman Roy Leininger. The train gained too great headway, and the engineer, finding the air refused to work in the brakes, due to the extreme cold contracting the brake mechanism and he reversed his engine. The fierce heat generated by the resulting friction caused three of the engine wheel tires to drop off. The engine and four cars broke away from the main train when a brake beam dropped to the track, ditching 20 of the cars in one pile. The hundreds of tons of ice and splintered cars piled high in the air upon the bodies of Graham and Leininger. They had been on top of the runaway train setting hand brakes when the pile-up happened. The body of the engineer was found with a heavy axle across his throat. One foot stuck up through the snow. The body of Leininger has not been found yet.
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The Salida Record, Volume XXXV, Number 49, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 2

CARD OF THANKS


We wish to thank the many friends who so kindly assisted us during the burial of our son, brother and father, F. C. Graham, and especially do we wish to express our appreciation to the Railroad Brotherhoods of Grand Junction, Minturn and Salida; to the Ladies’ Auxiliary to the engineers and to the Elks’ Lodge. (signed) Mrs. M. E. Graham and Family
The Herald Democrat, (Leadville, Colorado), Monday, February 4, 1918, page 5

SALIDA ELKS’ LODGE CONDUCTS SERVICES


Several Leadville railroad men or railroaders formerly employed here attended funeral services held at Salida for last Monday for the late Fred Graham of Minturn, a former Leadville locomotive engineer, who was killed the night of January 23 with Brakeman Roy Leininger of Salida when an ice train they had started with from Pando ran away on the Pando hill and was wrecked four miles west of Red Cliff, near Belden. The services were conducted at the Elks’ home at Salida, Graham, having been a member of the Elks’ lodge here for years. The engineer was buried in the plot of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers in the Salida cemetery.

Brakeman Leininger, whose mangled body was recovered from the wreckage only last Sunday, was buried Tuesday at Salida following services at the Churcher and Johnson funeral chapel under the auspices of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. He had been employed on the Rio Grande railroad only three months and had put in application for membership in this brotherhood. He is survived by his brother, A. B. Leininger of Salida, and a sister Mrs. Earl Armstrong of Wichita, Kansas, who came to attend the funeral. He had lived in Salida since 1905.
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Citations

  1. [S34] 1900 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Richard and Ida M. Leininger, Year: 1900; Census Place: Mason City, Mason, Illinois; Page: 19; Enumeration District: 0064; FHL microfilm: 1240328. Hereinafter cited as 1900 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S223] U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, online at www.ancestry.com, draft registration card dated 11 June 1917 in Rio Blanco County, Colorado, for Roy Foster Leininger, miner, born on 21 October 1889 in Mason City, Illinois, residence in 1917-1918 in Rio Blanco County, Colorado, USA, had served as a fireman in the US Navy for 6 months, married; his physical build was Medium, height was Short, hair was Light, eyes were Blue, referencing U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Rio Blanco County, Colorado. Hereinafter cited as U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.
  3. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, LeRoy F. Leininger, Memorial# 43113648, reporting his date of birth as 21 October 1889. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  4. [S34] 1900 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Richard and Ida M. Leininger, Year: 1900; Census Place: Mason City, Mason, Illinois; Page: 19; Enumeration District: 0064; FHL microfilm: 1240328, recording Roy's date of birth as October 1891.
  5. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, LeRoy F. Leininger, Memorial# 43113648.
  6. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Harriet "Leninger", Memorial# 31719646.
  7. [S266] Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900, online at https://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp, marriage of Mrs. Ida Dixon and Richard "Lininiger" on 11 May 1898 in Mason County, citing Volume 002, page 0004, License# 00003389. Hereinafter cited as Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900.
  8. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Richard Leininger, Memorial# 31719660.
  9. [S40] 1910 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Ida Leininger, (her surname spelled "Lininger" by the census taker), Year: 1910; Census Place: Mason, Mason, Illinois; Roll: T624_311; Page: 1b; Enumeration District: 0071; FHL microfilm: 1374324. Hereinafter cited as 1910 United States Federal Census.
  10. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Ora May (Leininger) Rodgers, Memorial# 33267782, reporting her birth date as December 1886.
  11. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Ora May (Leininger) Rodgers, Memorial# 33267782.
  12. [S2555] Newspaper Articles Regarding the 1918 Train Crash Death of Roy Foster Leininger in Colorado, online at the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection website at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org, which we accessed initially from the Lake County Public Library website at https://lakecountypubliclibrary.org/home, The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 68, Friday, January 25, 1918, page 1; viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Herald Democrat
    , (Leadville, Colorado), Friday, January 25, 1918, page 1, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Herald Democrat, (Leadville, Colorado), Saturday, January 26, 1918, page 5, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 69, Tuesday, January 29, 1918, page 1, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 70, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 1, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Montrose Press, (Montrose, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 5, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 7, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Salida Record, Volume XXXV, Number 49, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 2, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Herald Democrat, (Leadville, Colorado), Monday, February 4, 1918, page 5, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/. Hereinafter cited as 1918 Train Crash Death of Roy F. Leininger in Colorado.
  13. [S2555] 1918 Train Crash Death of Roy F. Leininger in Colorado, online at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org, The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 68, Friday, January 25, 1918, page 1; viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Herald Democrat
    , (Leadville, Colorado), Friday, January 25, 1918, page 1, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Herald Democrat, (Leadville, Colorado), Saturday, January 26, 1918, page 5, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 69, Tuesday, January 29, 1918, page 1, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Salida Mail, (Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 70, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 1, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Montrose Press, (Montrose, Colorado), Volume XXXVII, Number 5, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 7, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Salida Record, Volume XXXV, Number 49, Friday, February 1, 1918, page 2, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/;

    The Herald Democrat, (Leadville, Colorado), Monday, February 4, 1918, page 5, viewed on 18 August 2023 at https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/.

Joseph Leland1

Marriage*17 May 1721He married Esther Thurston, daughter of Thomas Thurston and Esther Clark, on 17 May 1721 in Sherborn, Middlesex County.1,2

Family

Esther Thurston b. 21 Jun 1700

Citations

  1. [S1321] Thurston Brown, Thurston Genealogies, 1635-1892, downloaded from the Family History Library at www.familysearch.org. Available as a download only from a computer in the Family History Library. Reprint. Originally published: 2nd ed. Portland, Me. : B. Thurston, 1892. Includes indexes. A record of the descendants of all branches of the Thurston family in the United States. (Salem, Massachusetts: Higginson Book Company, 199_?), Person No. 5608, Thomas Thurston, pages 362-363. Hereinafter cited as Thurston Genealogies, 1635-1892.
  2. [S451] Massachusetts Vital Records to the Year 1850 - NEHGS, online at www.newenglandancestors.org, Sherborn Marriages, Volume 1, page 174. Hereinafter cited as Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 - NEHGS.

Elizabeth Lemon1

Marriage*She married George Wells Stedman.1

Family

George Wells Stedman
Child1.Mary Jane Virginia Stedman+1 b. 5 Sep 1832, d. 15 Jun 1904

Citations

  1. [S1735] Missouri, Death Records, 1850-1931, online at www.ancestry.com, Mary Jane Virginia Williams [Mary Jane Virginia Stedman], death date 15 June 1904 in St. Louis, Missouri, born 5 September 1832, father George Wells Stedman, mother Elizabeth Lemon. Hereinafter cited as Missouri, Death Records, 1850-1931.

Grace M. Lenhart1

Marriage*20 October 1914She married Ralph Marshall on 20 October 1914 in King County, Washington.1,2

Family

Ralph Marshall
Child1.Theodore Robert Marshall1 b. 17 Sep 1919, d. 27 Sep 1987

Citations

  1. [S1456] Social Security (U.S.) Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, online at www.ancestry.com, Social Security information for Theodore Robert Marshall, born on 17 September 1919 at Seattle, Washington, child of Ralph Marshall and Grace M "Lenheart", died on 24 September 1987, agency notes: Feb 1937: Name listed as THEODORE ROBERT MARSHALL; 24 Oct 1996: Name listed as THEODORE R MARSHALL. Hereinafter cited as Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007.
  2. [S1718] Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008, online at www.ancestry.com, marriage on 20 October 1914 in King County, Washington, United States, of Ralph Marshall and Grace Lenhart. Hereinafter cited as Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008.

Abigail Leonard1,2

b. 11 November 1680, d. 3 October 1760
Father*Jacob Leonard1,3,2 b. c 1647, d. bt 9 May 1717 - 19 Dec 1717
Mother*Susanna King1,3 b. 6 May 1659
Birth*11 November 1680Abigail Leonard was born on 11 November 1680 in Weymouth, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony (New England).4,3,2,5
Marriage*1703She married, as his first wife, Samuel Washburn Jr., son of Samuel Washburn and Deborah Packard, in 1703. Abigail was a cousin of Samuel's first wife Deliverance Leonard.5,6,7
(Elder Daughter) Will14 December 1716Abigail's father, Jacob Leonard, wrote a will dated 14 December 1716 in Bridgewater leaving land in Worcester to his daughter Abigail Washburn and identifying Susanna Leonard, his "current wife", as Abigail's mother and the mother of the other six children mentioned in his will.4
Land Records8 December 1734 On 8 December 1734 Samuel Washburn Jr. and his wife Abigail of Bridgewater sold their homestead "where we now dwell" in Bridgewater and a cedar swamp "which my father Samuel Washburn died seized of" to Ephraim Leonard of Bridgewater.5
Land Records*6 June 1735Abigail and Samuel Washburn were living in Stafford, Tolland County, Connecticut, when, on 6 June 1735 Samuel Washburn, formerly of Bridgewater and now of Stafford, Connecticut, bought land in Stafford. It is not known whether any of their children moved with them to Connecticut.5
Death*3 October 1760She was possibly the "widow Washburn almost 80" whose death on 3 October 1760 was recorded in the church records in Stafford, Tolland County, Connecticut.5

Family

Samuel Washburn Jr. b. 6 Apr 1678
Children1.David Washburn6 b. 30 Apr 1704
2.Deliverance Washburn+6 b. 7 Oct 1706, d. 28 May 1755
3.Solomon Washburn6 b. 1 Oct 1708
4.Samuel Washburn 3rd6 b. 2 Jun 1710
5.Abigail Washburn6 b. 3 Mar 1712
6.Susanna Washburn6 b. 13 Mar 1714
7.Tabitha Washburn6 b. 28 Aug 1716

Citations

  1. [S896] Revised by Robert S. Wakefield, Mayflower Families through Five Generations: Volume 15, James Chilton and Richard More. Note: Volume 2, Parts I and II (1975), Chilton and More, were revised and replaced in 1997 by this Volume 15, Chilton and More. (Plymouth, Massachusetts: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1997), Person# 17, Jacob Leonard, pages 22-23. Hereinafter cited as James Chilton and Richard More of the Mayflower (Five).
  2. [S1139] Manning Leonard, Memorial: Genealogical, Historical, and Biographical, of Solomon Leonard, 1637, of Duxbury and Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and some of his descendants, downloaded from the Boston Public Library eBooks and Texts Archive at www.archive.org. (Southbridge, Massachusetts: Manning Leonard, 1896), #4., Jacob Leonard (Solomon), pages 38-43. Hereinafter cited as Solomon Leonard, 1637, of Duxbury and Bridgewater.
  3. [S451] Massachusetts Vital Records to the Year 1850 - NEHGS, online at www.newenglandancestors.org, Weymouth Births, Volume 1, page 166, her surname spelled "Leneson". Hereinafter cited as Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 - NEHGS.
  4. [S896] Revised by Robert S. Wakefield, James Chilton and Richard More of the Mayflower (Five), Person# 17, Jacob Leonard, pages 17-18.
  5. [S896] Revised by Robert S. Wakefield, James Chilton and Richard More of the Mayflower (Five), Person# 60, Abigail Leonard, page 60.
  6. [S744] Maltby Family Genealogy Website, online at http://home.earthlink.net/~jamaltby1/index.html. Compiled by John A. Maltby of Redwood City, California, who we believe has presented his own research; the website contains thorough source information and appears to be an excellent resource for the Massachusetts Colony Washburn Family History. The website includes additional family lines as well. Regarding the Washburns, the only family line on the website reviewed by this researcher, much of the information presented appears to be in line with information already obtained and is believed to be accurate. For that reason, additional information obtained only from the Maltby Family Genealogy website has been included in this collection. Information provided, unless additional proof has been offered, has not yet been verified and cannot be guaranteed. Hereinafter cited as the Maltby Family Genealogy Website.
  7. [S1139] Manning Leonard, Solomon Leonard, 1637, of Duxbury and Bridgewater, #4., Jacob Leonard (Solomon), pages 38-43, stating, we believe incorrectly, that she married Thomas Washburn as his second wife and was 20 years younger than his first, explaining that Mitchell, in his Bridgewater History, had transposed his wives.

Abigail Leonard1

Father*James Leonard1 b. c 1620, d. b 1691
Mother*Mary Jane Martin1
Marriage*She married John Kingsley of Milton.1

Family

John Kingsley d. c 1698

Citations

  1. [S1142] Wm. R. Deane, Genealogical Memoir of the Leonard Family containing a full account of the first three generations of the family of James Leonard, who was an early settler of Taunton, MS. (Massachusetts), downloaded from the Boston Public Library eBooks and Texts Archive at www.archive.org. (Boston, Massachusetts: Office of the New England Historic-Genealogical Register, 1851), Genealogy, page 17. Hereinafter cited as The Family of James Leonard of Taunton.

Abigail Leonard1

b. 30 January 1682, d. before 4 March 1725/26
Father*James Leonard Jr.2 b. c 1643, d. 1 Nov 1726
Mother*Lydia Gulliver2 b. c 1659, d. 24 Jul 1705
Birth*30 January 1682Abigail Leonard was born on 30 January 1682 in Taunton, Plymouth Colony.3,4
Marriage*She married Dr. Ezra Deane of Taunton.1
Death*before 4 March 1725/26She died before 4 March 1725/26.1

Citations

  1. [S1142] Wm. R. Deane, Genealogical Memoir of the Leonard Family containing a full account of the first three generations of the family of James Leonard, who was an early settler of Taunton, MS. (Massachusetts), downloaded from the Boston Public Library eBooks and Texts Archive at www.archive.org. (Boston, Massachusetts: Office of the New England Historic-Genealogical Register, 1851), Genealogy, page 18. Hereinafter cited as The Family of James Leonard of Taunton.
  2. [S1142] Wm. R. Deane, The Family of James Leonard of Taunton, Genealogy, pages 17-18.
  3. [S451] Massachusetts Vital Records to the Year 1850 - NEHGS, online at www.newenglandancestors.org, Taunton, Volume 1, Births, page 248. Hereinafter cited as Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 - NEHGS.
  4. [S1142] Wm. R. Deane, The Family of James Leonard of Taunton, Genealogy, page 18, noting year as 1682/83.

Abigail Leonard1

b. 19 February 1717
Father*William Leonard1 b. 26 Mar 1690
Mother*Abigail Wetherell2 b. 28 Mar 1691
Birth*19 February 1717Abigail Leonard was born on 19 February 1717 in Norton, Bristol County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1

Citations

  1. [S451] Massachusetts Vital Records to the Year 1850 - NEHGS, online at www.newenglandancestors.org, Norton Births, Volume 1, page 94. Hereinafter cited as Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 - NEHGS.
  2. [S451] Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 - NEHGS, online at www.newenglandancestors.org, Norton Marriages, Volume 1, page 272.

Abigail Leonard1

b. 6 May 1733, d. 26 May 1733
Father*Samuel Leonard1 b. 17 May 1702, d. 24 Dec 1747
Mother*Abigail Shaw1 b. 1707, d. 26 Feb 1793
Birth*6 May 1733Abigail Leonard was born on 6 May 1733 in Raynham, Bristol County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England),1
Death*26 May 1733 and died in Raynham just 10 days later on 26 May 1733.1

Citations

  1. [S1141] Margaret Harris Stover, compiler, Vital Records of Raynham, Massachusetts (Plymouth, Massachusetts: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1997), page 10. Hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Raynham.

Ahi Leonard1

b. 8 February 1866, d. 29 August 1942
Father*Jabez Leonard2,1 b. 9 Oct 1810, d. 26 Mar 1900
Mother*Emily Livengood3,1 b. 1836
Birth*8 February 1866Ahi Leonard was born on 8 February 1866 in Orange County, Indiana.1
Marriage*1888He married Nancy A. Montgomery, daughter of Jesse Montgomery and Arpa Evalyn King, in 1888.1,4
(Husband) Death17 June 1925Ahi became a widower when Nancy A. (Montgomery) Leonard died on 17 June 1925 at age 54.4
Death*29 August 1942He died on 29 August 1942 in Warrick County, Indiana, at age 761
Burial* and was buried with his wife in Mills Cemetery, Boonville, Warrick County.1,4

Family

Nancy A. Montgomery b. 24 Dec 1870, d. 17 Jun 1925

Citations

  1. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Ahi Leonard, Memorial# 144585002. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  2. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Jabez Leonard, Memorial# 46892513.
  3. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Emily (Livengood) Leonard, Memorial# 181008941.
  4. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Nancy A “Nan” (Montgomery) Leonard, Memorial# 54182312.

Andrew Leonard1

b. 20 November 1719
Father*Moses Leonard1 b. c 1677, d. 10 Dec 1775
Mother*Hannah Woods1 b. 4 Aug 1677, d. 17 Sep 1751
Birth*20 November 1719Andrew Leonard was born on 20 November 1719 in Worcester, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1

Citations

  1. [S896] Revised by Robert S. Wakefield, Mayflower Families through Five Generations: Volume 15, James Chilton and Richard More. Note: Volume 2, Parts I and II (1975), Chilton and More, were revised and replaced in 1997 by this Volume 15, Chilton and More. (Plymouth, Massachusetts: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1997), Person# 57, Moses Leonard, pages 57-58. Hereinafter cited as James Chilton and Richard More of the Mayflower (Five).

Anna Leonard

b. 14 August 1777
ChartsDescendants of Nicholas Boulton, The Immigrant
Father*Samuel Leonard1 d. b 1817
Birth*14 August 1777Anna Leonard was born on 14 August 1777 in Raynham, Bristol County, Massachusetts (Continental Congress).2
Marriage*She married Seth Bolton Jr., son of Seth Bolton and Anna Wade.1
Land Transfer*28 May 1816Seth Bolton Jr. and his wife Anna Bolton both of Raynham, in the County of Bristol, signed a deed agreement on 28 May 1816 to sell Anna's right to the real estate of her deceased father, Samuel Leonard, late of Taunton. For the sum of $20 paid by Jedediah Wilbore Jr. and Charles Wilbore, both of Taunton, Anna gave up all rights to her one undivided seventh part of the Leonard Farm, commonly called the Owen Farm, with all her rights to all other lands owned by her father, subject only to the Dower of Samuel's widow. The deed was recorded on 28 May 1816.1

Family

Seth Bolton Jr. b. 25 May 1765

Citations

  1. [S597] Bristol County (Mass.) deed records, v. 1-556, (1686-1900 and 1686-1956) index -, 1686-1956. Microreproduction of original records in the registrar's office, Taunton, Massachusetts. Includes index. Note: Part I of Volume 7, pages 1-654 of this series was found on Film# 1405193 and has been referenced separately in this project as Source# 597. volume 100, pages 78-79; on microfilm volume 100-101 for 1816-1817, Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hereinafter cited as Bristol County, Massachusetts Deeds: Taunton Registry (1686-1900).
  2. [S481] First Book of Raynham (MA) Records, 1700-1835 - NEHGS, online at www.newenglandancestors.org. Hereinafter cited as Raynham, Massachusetts Records-NEHGS.